Pro­fil­ing the vic­tors

PRIYA SINGH and RO­HAN SON­AWANE, win­ners of MR & MISS CI­TADEL PUNE 2017 ti­tles, had to bat­tle stiff com­pe­ti­tion from their con­tem­po­raries in or­der to emerge win­ners of the pres­ti­gious beauty pageant. Ci­tadel cor­re­spon­dent AYUSHI GARG gets them talk­ing abou

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PRIYA SINGH Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017

The jour­ney of be­com­ing ‘Miss Ci­tadel’ is noth­ing short of per­fec­tion. The nine-day process of re­ju­ve­na­tion and prepa­ra­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion was more like a roller-coaster ride for me. I could not imag­ine how fast time flew. And our men­tor, Lovell Prabhu made sure that ev­ery sec­ond of our train­ing was in­vested in some­thing pro­duc­tive. He is the cat­a­lyst that made us value the prin­ci­ples of punc­tu­al­ity and dis­ci­pline. On our very first day of train­ing at ELFA, Nu­tri­tion­ist Dr Avanti Chit­nis Desh­pande guided us through the com­po­nents of a proper diet. Hair­styl­ist Meryl-Joy gave us es­sen­tial tips for the up­keep of our hair; the do’s and don’ts to per­fectly strong tresses. This was fol­lowed by a skin anal­y­sis ses­sion by Dr Shaili Shah at The Wed­ding Clinic. When I say ‘In­tense Work­out’, I re­ally mean it - blood, sweat and tears. But then, it is all be­cause of for­mer 1st Run­ner-Up Jill­son T Ed­ward, that we were all tuned and in shape for the fi­nal day. Our dance in­struc­tor Shivam Jad­hav made sure that all of us danced right to the beat. All the ef­forts and time these peo­ple have in­vested in us, is com­mend­able. In the short span of nine days, they have groomed us and made us ready for the fi­nale. I am ex­tremely grate­ful to Ci­tadel magazine for hav­ing pro­vided this plat­form to us; in fact, I fall short of words to ex­press my grat­i­tude for all the learn­ing and evo­lu­tion that en­tails this train­ing. This com­pe­ti­tion as a whole has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence, and I am glad to have been a part of it.

RO­HAN SON­AWANE Mr Ci­tadel Pune 2017

My over­all ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing, as I had al­ways wanted to try new things. And I am blessed to have par­ents, who al­ways sup­ported me to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, as the pur­pose of life is to live, taste the ex­pe­ri­ences, and to reach out ea­gerly. Money and fame will come and go, but our achieve­ments are to be cher­ished for­ever. My interest to try new things was one of the rea­sons for me to en­roll for the Mr & Miss Ci­tadel Pune pageant. I still re­mem­ber the first time I saw the other con­tes­tants and walked in for the in­ter­view and boldly told them my ca­reer am­bi­tions; they were all very sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing. As I grew close to my fel­low con­tes­tants, I re­al­ized how hum­ble and un­der­stand­ing they all are. I learnt so many new things while pre­par­ing for the pageant. We had hard working train­ers who helped me reach where I am today! I’m ex­tremely thank­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ences, mem­o­ries, and the friends that I have made dur­ing this con­test. The Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza is such an amaz­ing plat­form for budding mod­els, who want to make their dreams come true. Your hard work, con­sis­tency and de­ter­mi­na­tion will al­ways pay off in the end. It gave me the con­fi­dence, that this is the be­gin­ning of greater heights in my life. I live by the say­ing, ‘Win­ners do one thing that losers don’t: Fo­cus.’ Thank you, Ci­tadel, for mak­ing me a part of this amaz­ing jour­ney!

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